Michael Christiana, SJ
Michael Christiana, SJ, entered the Jesuit novitiate in Berkley, MI, in August, 1999. He was ordained to the priesthood in June, 2010. His educational background is the following: B.A. in History, Religion, and Mandarin Chinese from St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN; M.Div from the University of Chicago; M.A. in Political Philosophy from Loyola University Chicago.
Fr. Michael grew up in the Anglican Communion, and was received into the Roman Catholic Church in 1996, at the age of 30. He felt called to become a Catholic because of Catholic Social Teaching, and its emphasis on social justice, as well as a consistent ethic of life – the “seamless garment” as the late Cardinal Bernardin so eloquently called it.
Fr. Michael’s ministry has been divided between two poles: on the one side ministry to the incarcerated and those in Latino street gangs, and on the other side ministry in our Jesuit high schools. He has found both ministries to be equally fulfilling.
Here at Loyola University Chicago, Fr. Michael serves as a chaplain in the Department of Campus Ministry. In this role he provides sacramental ministry, assists with the retreat program, and offers spiritual direction.